The mass of protesters in Ukraine are fascists. They are all literally fascists. They do not want a democratically-elected leader. They’re trying their hardest to revive fascism and are even firebombing synagogues (does this sound familiar to anyone!?)
Why do people not realize this!?
i’ll be blunt: your understanding of ukrainian politics can be described only as piss poor. any reasonable leftist on the ground (ground i doubt very highly you’ve ever yourself set foot on!) would laugh at the way you’ve collapsed the complex character of the euromaidan protests down into something easily digestible here for your friends on tumblr. ukrainian academics who have devoted their lives to studying nationalism in our country have even published articles and letters pleading with people not to mischaracterize the protesters as “all literally fascists” like you claim. it’s intellectually facile, demonstrably untrue, and is an insult to the memory of the people (of varying natsional’nosti- armenian, jewish, belarusian, etc) who have been injured or lost their lives fighting to live free from the corruption of yanukovych and his ilk. i have no illusions about the harm that EU integration and the imposition of harsh IMF austerity measures has in store for the future of ukraine, but the protests have not been solely about EU integration for months now.
what serious analyst has ever suggested that fascists are numerically predominant among the protesters? the svoboda party has a very small electorate and sociological data has shown their support is in decline. they experienced only a short lived jump in popularity in 2012 as a direct result of pro-kremlin policies. the average ukrainian does not trust parliamentary parties.
pravyi sektor is an extraparliamentary coalition with tryzub (a national conservative group, rather than neo-nazi bilyi molot & etc.) making up the bulk of its members, and dmytro yarosh, while i still don’t like him, has said he doesn’t agree with tiahnybok’s racism:
У нас багато спільних позицій в ідеологічних питаннях, але є великі розбіжності. Я, наприклад, не розумію певних речей расистського характеру, не сприймаю їх абсолютно. Білорус загинув за Україну, вірменин із Дніпропетровська загинув за Україну. Вони мені побратими набагато більші, ніж яка-небудь, перепрошую, комуністична худоба, типу Симоненка, яка грає на Росію, але є етнічним українцем.
the last part is especially important to understanding nationalism in ukraine (in russia too). the view typical among nationalists is that those who fight for ukraine, regardless of ethnicity, are their comrades more than any ethnic ukrainian who is a shill for russian interests ever could be. yarosh has said he’s capable of mobilizing a few thousand, at most, far from the slightly below half of ukraine’s 45.6 million who support maidan. this is not “all literally fascists.”
you have also ignored here the many jewish voices that have been present and active at maidan. just one example comes from this interview where a jewish participant has said anti-semitism has not been an issue even in dealing with pravyi sektor. you ignore that the vaad of ukraine has released statements praising the unity of maidan and condemning the hasty linking of anti-semitic instances to the protesters without investigation as provocation of interethnic conflict. do you even realize where the firebombing occurred (Zaporizhia, the south east) in relation to svoboda and pravyi sektor’s bases of support? you ignore the antisemitism that exists in ukraine regardless of support for maidan.
you ignore all of this because you think you know better than ukrainians what goes on in ukraine.